Miami, FL -- State and federal officials announce the operation of the Federal Emergency Management (FEMA) teleregistration line to assist those who have been affected by the severe storms and tornadoes that occurred on March 27, 2003.
People who feel they are eligible for assistance can apply by calling 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) or 1-800-462-7585 (TTY) for the hearing and speech impaired. The teleregistration line is open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. seven days a week until further notice.
The application process, which takes 15 to 20 minutes, is the starting point for a wide range of state, federal and voluntary disaster assistance programs.
Applicants should have the following information readily available:
- Current and damaged property address
- Gross family income
- Contact telephone numbers
- Insurance coverage
- A general list of damages and losses
- Social Security number
The phone interview is only the beginning of the application process. The information provided by the applicant allows the various agencies to make the necessary decisions.
"We want those who suffered losses from the severe storms and tornadoes that struck on March 27 to get the help they need to get back on their feet," said Federal Coordinating Officer Justo Hernandez. "We will be here as long as it takes to meet this goal."